Footballer dies after collapsing at match

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 August 2007, MADRID - Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta died Tuesday, three days after collapsing on the field during his team's Spanish league match against Getafe.

28 August 2007

MADRID - Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta died Tuesday, three days after collapsing on the field during his team's Spanish league match against Getafe.

The 22-year-old Puerta had been in an intensive care unit since Saturday and had been given assisted ventilation but his condition worsened Tuesday, the Virgen del Rocio hospital said.

A statement by his managers was expected to be released shortly.

Puerta lost consciousness and fell near his own goal Saturday in the 31st minute, but was able to walk off minutes later after being treated by team doctors.

He collapsed again in the locker room before being taken to the hospital, where he had been since.

Sevilla, which beat Getafe 4-1 in the match, was scheduled to play AEK Athens on Tuesday in the second leg of Champions League qualifying. Sevilla won the first leg 2-0.

Puerta, who was born in Sevilla, has played for Spain's national team and scored one of Sevilla's penalties in the shootout win over Espanyol in May in the UEFA Cup final.

Other soccer players who have died after collapsing on the field include Benfica's Miklos Feher in 2004 and Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe at the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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